The Herald-Leader is making another round of cuts to its work force and will ask employees to take one week of furlough before the end of the year — the second such furlough this year.
In a memo to employees, Publisher Rufus Friday said, "The economic recovery continues at a slower-than-hoped-for pace, and revenues remain negative year over year.
He added: "I understand how difficult this message is, and how much of an impact these losses are on our co-workers and their families. It's a decision we sought diligently to avoid."
The company will eliminate the equivalent of 10 positions across its general administration, circulation, news and operations divisions, Friday said. Those include two members of the Herald-Leader's executive committee, whom Friday declined to name.
After the reductions, the Herald-Leader will have the equivalent of 216 full-time employees, down from 370 at the time of the newspaper's first round of layoffs in June 2008.
The Herald-Leader is owned by The McClatchy Co., based in Sacramento, Calif.